Residents of a Far North holiday hotspot were treated to a flashy display of space fireworks late last night.

Cable Bay resident Sheryl Day was out on her deck at about 10.45pm when she saw what she described as a "large, intense yellow fireball, tinged with green".

"Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something bright, and as I turned, this great thing, almost like a fireball, just whizzed by.

"While Day frequently sees meteors when gazing at the night sky, these were typically distant and fleeting.

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But this object, she said, seemed much closer as it "wooshed down and then just disappeared".

Others from around the area had also noticed the late-night spectacle, she said.

University of Auckland head of physics Professor Richard Easther said meteors were a "reasonably common" sight in our night skies.

"You'd get one of those a day, somewhere on the planet. It's not something that's a huge deal in its own right, but it is an interesting thing."

The most notable such event in recent times was a fireball that lit up the night sky over the North Island on February 11, 2015, as it soared through the air at 20 times the speed of a bullet.